Birds With a Memory to Envy

On today’s Creation Moments Minute, we’ll meet a shy bird with a memory we can all envy.

The Clark’s nutcracker collects food during the growing season and stores it for the cold winter months. In one year, a bird will store between 22,000 and 33,000 seeds in as many as 2,500 locations, which can be more than ten miles apart. But does the little bird remember where he put all those seeds?
You bet he does! The researchers learned that the nutcrackers recovered as many as two-thirds of their stored seeds within 13 months. And they’re smart, too. When observers were tracking their seed-storing activities, the birds figured out they were being observed. Some refused to store food, and others faked storing seeds when they were being watched.
The remarkable memory of these little birds is their gift from God that enables them to be fed all year around.
For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

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